África: Criminal Unit to Confront Drug Trafficking

first_imgBy Dialogo January 01, 2012 Drug trafficking is a major threat to the development of Guinea-Bissau and has led to a sharp increase in illicit drug use in that country. In order to help stem the flow of illegal substances, the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) assisted the country in the creation of its Transnational Criminal Unit. Founded in December 2010, the group is in the process of becoming fully operational while it continues working to disband organized crime. West Africa is considered a major gateway for cocaine smuggled from South America into Europe. In 2009, an estimated 13 tons of the cocaine trafficked via West Africa were consumed or stored in the region, causing serious health concerns, UNODC reported. Source: United Nations Office on Drugs and Crimelast_img read more

L.A. trying for its first MLB All-Star Game in nearly 40 years

first_img“They’re (league officials) coming to town soon, and so it looks good if we move this item, because it demonstrates to them our commitment to working with them,” Cedillo, who represents the stadium area, told the Public Works and Gang Reduction Committee last week. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Dodger Stadium hasn’t hosted an All-Star Game since 1980. (2018 photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)LOS ANGELES >> In a move to help the Dodgers secure the 2020 Major League All-Star Game, the Los Angeles City Council signed off Wednesday on a motion to negotiate a contract with the team over the use of city resources associated with the event.The Dodgers have not hosted an MLB All-Star Game since 1980, and Councilman Gil Cedillo said league officials will be vising Los Angeles soon to scout Dodger Stadium as a potential site for the game.The motion authorizes the city to receive $100,000 from the Dodgers as payment for the provision of city services that may be required to host the game, and for city staff to negotiate a contract with the team.Hosting an All-Star game brings an average economic impact of $89.4 million to host cities, according to the motion.last_img read more